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Emergency Medical Services

Award Type: Associate in Science

The associate in science degree in emergency medical services prepares students to be entry-level technician positions capable of providing emergency medical care and transportation as well as the ability to professionally interact with allied medical team members.

The graduate of the Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services will:

  • Identify minimum qualifications and entry-level skills for an EMT-1 Basic.
  • Describe the following elements: application process; written exam process; physical agility testing; and oral interview.
  • Identify the history of EMS and the impact of culture and diversity within that history.
  • Demonstrate the role and responsibilities of EMTs as professionals in the health care system interacting with other allied health personnel.
  • Demonstrate the process for conducting patient assessments in a variety of pre-hospital situations for clients of various ages.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of life threatening situations and be able to triage clients accurately, formulating and evaluating treatment plans for patients of various ages in pre hospital settings.
  • Develop, demonstrate and evaluate treatment plans for patient’s forms of trauma.
  • Demonstrate the principles and practices for organizing an accident scene when an ambulance is required including: a) analyzing a multiple casualty incident (MCI) and directing resources approximately in a timely manner, and b) organizing appropriate scene response, scene size up, initial assessment, focused assessment, detailed assessment and appropriate medical care of clients of various ages.
  • Differentiate the incidence, morbidity and mortality of soft tissue injuries in trauma patients.
  • Create a treatment plan based on the patient’s presenting signs and symptoms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to revise the treatment plan based on the patient’s needs and changes in physical and psychosocial baselines.
  • Collect and construct a concise and detailed patient report.
  • Demonstrate competency using aseptic technique when using emergency equipment.
  • Demonstrate the safe driving and operation of an ambulance and all related patient transfer equipment

Program Requirements

A major of 32.5 units is required for the degree.

Required core courses (14.5 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
EMS 300 Introduction to Emergency Medical Services 1.0
EMS 301 Emergency Medical Services Academy- 1A 6.0
EMS 306 CPR for Healthcare Providers 0.5
EMS 319 Emergency Response To Terrorism 3.0
FT 319 Emergency Response to Terrorism 3.0
ENVT 156 First Response Operational 1.0
PSY 127 Emotional Intelligence 3.0

Plus a minimum of 18 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
EMS 102 First Aid & Safety 3.0
EMS 130 Principles of Emergency Management 3.0
EMS 134 Internship Seminar 1.0
EMS 149 Cooperative Work Experience: Occupational 1.0 - 8.0 units
EMS 307 Wilderness EMS - First Responder and Survival 2.5
EMS 309 Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) 1.0
EMS 310 Child Care First Aid & CPR 0.5
EMS 321 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1.0
EMS 322 Pediatric Advanced Life Support 1.0
EMS 325 Lifeguard Certification 2.0
EMS 333 Paramedic Theory 16.0
EMS 338 Land Navigation 2.0
EMS 343 Paramedic Clinical Laboratory 7.5
EMS 353 Paramedic Field Internship 10.0
EMS 378 Wilderness/ EMS—EMT Wilderness Transition 2.5
FT 307 Firefighter I Academy IA 6.0
FT 310 Fire Service Physical Fitness 2.0
LE 341 Emergency Vehicle Operations/Non-Law Enforcement 0.5
WFT 301 Introduction to Incident Command System I-100 0.5
WFT 302 Basic Incident Command System I-200 0.5
AJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
BIOL 100 Introductory Biology 4.0
BIOL 124 Human Anatomy 4.0
BIOL 125 Human Physiology 4.0
PE 130 Self Defense 1.0
PE 146 Strength and Flexibility 1.0
PE 141 Physical Fitness Laboratory 0.5

General Education Requirements

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